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Keyword / Term Definition Useful links
CAS - Creativity, activity, service CAS is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme.

Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.

It is not formally assessed. However, students reflect on their CAS experiences as part of the DP, and provide evidence of achieving the seven learning outcomes for CAS.
Find out more about CAS
CP - Career-related Programme The CP is a framework of international education addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. It leads to further/higher education apprenticeships or employment.

Age range: 16-19
Learn more about the Career-related Programme
DP – Diploma Programme IB programme that provides an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, preparing students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and in life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition from the world's leading universities. Learn more about the IB Diploma Programme
EE – Extended Essay The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

One component of the Diploma Programme (DP) core, the extended essay is mandatory for all students.
Learn more about EE
HL – Higher Level and SL – Standard Level To ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, students choose DP courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. Most subjects may be taken at either standard level (SL) or higher level (HL).  
IB learner profile A set of ideals intended to inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose, and providing a set of learning outcomes for each IB student. Find out more about the IB learner profile
IB World School A school that is authorized to offer one or more IB programmes.  
MYP – Middle Years Programme IB programme that provides an academically challenging framework that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and become critical and reflective thinkers. The programme serves students aged 11 to 16 and is typically offered over 4 or 5 years. Learn more about MYP
PYP - Primary Years Programme The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.

Age range: 3-12 
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TOK - Theory of knowledge Theory of knowledge (TOK) is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600 word essay.
TOK is part of the DP core, and is mandatory for all students.
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